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A Short History of California’s Cuesta Pass on U.S. 101

This gate closes any further access to the original Padre Trail.

Clement Salvadori
August 31, 2015

Here the Padre Trail is approaching Cuesta Pass. I imagine we all have a lot of favorite roads. One of mine is very short. About three miles long, ascending, or descending, a thousand feet along the west side of Cuesta Canyon, just north of San Luis Obispo, California. It’s dirt, one-lane, built... Read more »

The Grand Canyon—Rim-to-Rim on Two Wheels

Tunnels, bridges, narrow ledges and amazing views dot the steep trek down the North Kaibab Trail at Grand Canyon National Park.

Tim Kessel
August 5, 2015

It would be one of the world’s greatest loop rides…except for that big crevasse that gets in the way. You’ll just have to settle for a fantastic ride that comes up about 12 miles short of a full circle. Yes, those 12 miles that are impassible on a motorcycle are what make the ride so spectac­ular.... Read more »

Savoring Summer Along California Route 1

A good bike. Good company. And a good cappuccino. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Jeff Buchanan
June 3, 2015

A good bike. Good company. And a good cappuccino. It doesn’t get much better than this. (Photography by the author and Alfonse Palaima) Where exactly do the summers go? As I get older and older the summers seem to get shorter and shorter. When I was a kid summer seemed to last an eternity; from that... Read more »

Death Valley: Hitting the Hot Spots on a Honda F6B

Riding in Death Valley. (Photography by the author and Mike Callahan)

Clement Salvadori
May 12, 2015

Riding in Death Valley. (Photography by the author and Mike Callahan) The valley of death is a fascinating place—at least in my estimation. Having been there more than 40 times since my first visit in 1967, I’ve seen a lot of it. And during each visit I find something new to gawp at. Some people... Read more »

Mountains, Oceans and Back Roads in California, Oregon and Washington

(Photos by Clement Salvadori)

Clement Salvadori
May 1, 2015

(Photos by Clement Salvadori) “Less than half a mile after you go over the old swing bridge, the first road to the right is Lower Smith River Road. Take it. It’s a great ride!” With that suggestion from a total stranger at a gas station, I did. Lower Smith River Road, just north of Reedsport, Oregon,... Read more »

Dual-Sporting in Northern California on the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition

We’re looking down on Usal Beach, six rough miles from Highway 1; most of the beaches along the Lost Coast are made of iron-rich black sand. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Kurt Grife)

Clement Salvadori
February 4, 2015

We’re looking down on Usal Beach, six rough miles from Highway 1; most of the beaches along the Lost Coast are made of iron-rich black sand. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Kurt Grife) Adventures are good. They don’t have to be big adventures, like crossing the Sahara Desert or Panama’s Darien... Read more »

Two Lanes of Western Washington—Sport Touring in the Evergreen State

Mount St. Helens still looms large on the Cascade Range.

Scott A. Williams
January 5, 2015

Mount St. Helens still looms large on the Cascade Range. Western Washington serves up miles of great two-lane roads. Huge mountains, dense forests and rugged seascapes provide vivid scenery while sweepers and twisties speak to sport-touring riders in the language of speed and motion. This route of roughly... Read more »

Sierra Nevada Three-Pass Motorcycle Ride

Sandy was the tail gunner on his Can-Am Spyder on the high part of Sonora Pass.

Rick Brown
December 30, 2014

Jake, Jerry and the group on the way up Sonora Pass. Our ride with the Sacramento Road Cruisers today starts in Folsom, California, and heads out of town via Latrobe Road through rural Sacramento County, past cattle ranches and oak woodlands. From there, State Route 49 take us south, twisting and turning... Read more »

Motorcycle Riding in Rural Santa Barbara and San Luis Obisbo, California

Foxen Canyon Road

Tom Culbertson
October 6, 2014

Gorgeous springtime panoramic view at 4,500 feet from Figueroa Mountain. (Photos by Tom Culbertson) Today I’m riding the rural roads of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, California, leaving mid-morning because I want to miss the deer-roaming hours on State Route 154 over San Marcos Pass, just north... Read more »

Salt Lake to Sin City: Five National Parks and a Highway Through the Sky

Arches National Park

Greg Stone
October 3, 2014

The Grand View Point at Canyonlands National Park opens to a breathtaking panorama of the White Rim Plateau and the maze of canyons carved by the Colorado and Green rivers. If you want to travel from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Las Vegas, Nevada, by the shortest possible route, the 425 miles of Interstate... Read more »

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